After honing her craft in kitchens across Southern Louisiana, Ohio, and the Smokies, chef Rachael Krysiak planted roots in Reno, where she now pampers local palates with a combination of culinary services. As a certified personal chef, she develops custom menus tailored to clients' specific dietary needs, filling their homes with the tempting aromas of her cooking. Mindful of her clients' health, she fills each meal with local, sustainable, and organic meats and produce. She helps fit fresher, more nutritious fare into the lives of busy families, homebound seniors, or those who harbor traumatizing memories of being heckled by frying pans. Rachael and her qualified colleagues also cater small to midsize events and share their culinary knowledge in classes for children and adults.
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
The cuisine forgers at Black Rock proffer a menu of imaginative gourmet pizza, delectable sandwiches, and pasta. Enliven weary taste buds with an appetizer, such as the rattlesteaks—a mélange of buttermilk-marinated sirloin steak, chipotle sauce, and ranch dressing ($5.99). Entree options include 30 signature pizza varieties that range from the cowboy poetry, a fusion of smoked tri-tip, crumbled bacon, and mushrooms under an asiago cheese roof ($18.49 for a large), to the brush fire pizza, a hand-tossed wonder engineered with house-made turkey sausage, peppers, smoked onions, and habanero cheese ($18.49). Leaving no stomach unfilled, Black Rock also offers kid-friendly fare including personal pizzas ($4.49 each) and orders of crispy chicken nuggets ($4.49).
Holiday Inn's newly renovated hotel regales guests with myriad amenities and its central location gives out-of-towners a chance to explore the nearby Reno-Sparks downtown areas. After a free shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel, unwind in a leisure lounge built for two with a work desk and king-size bed or loaf in a spacious alcove equipped with two queen beds for sharing with platonic friends or noble highway robbers. All rooms entertain eyes with cable-equipped, 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs and complimentary WiFi and bodies can amuse themselves within Holiday Inn's seasonal outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. With today's Groupon customers can also nosh discounted American fare in the casual McCarren House Bar & Grill.
Dancers aged 3 to adult show off tricky toes in jazz sessions, get limber during tumbling, or grow ever more graceful with lyrical dance. An onsite supply store appends each location, ready to outfit students with dance duds or a spare sense of rhythm. Danceworks' professional dancers and trained instructors specialize in teen/adult ballet, as well as jazz and lyrical.
Kadam Glass takes novice art students and helps them become veteran glasswork artists. The studio's team of resident and visiting artists leads classes on fused glass, stained glass, and enameling and teaches crafters of all skill levels how to weave wires or create beach landscapes out of mosaic pieces. Regardless of what area of glasswork guests are interested in, Kadam Glass is equipped with the tools and space to help them.